Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

Please take a look at my bibliography if you do not see a proper reference to a post.

Please take a look at my Notable Quotes

Hey, Attention on Deck!

Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.

Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

“What you are reading right now is a blog. It’s written and posted by me, because I want to. I get no financial remuneration for writing it. I don’t have to meet anyone’s criteria in order to post it. Not only I don’t have an employer or publisher, but I’m not even constrained by having to please an audience. If people won’t like it, they won’t read it, but I won’t lose anything by it. Provided I don’t break any laws (libel, incitement to violence, etc.), I can post whatever I want. This means that I can write openly and honestly, however controversial my opinions may be. It also means that I could write total bullshit; there is no quality control. I could be biased. I could be insane. I could be trolling. … not all sources are equivalent, and all sources have their pros and cons. These needs to be taken into account when evaluating information, and all information should be evaluated. - God’s Bastard, Sourcing Sources (this applies to this and other blogs by me as well; if you follow the idea's, advice or information you are on your own, don't come crying to me, it is all on you do do the work to make sure it works for you!)

“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)

“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne

I am not a leading authority on any one discipline that I write about and teach, it is my hope and wish that with all the subjects I have studied it provides me an advantage point that I offer in as clear and cohesive writings as possible in introducing the matters in my materials. I hope to serve as one who inspires direction in the practitioner so they can go on to discover greater teachers and professionals that will build on this fundamental foundation. Find the authorities and synthesize a wholehearted and holistic concept, perception and belief that will not drive your practices but rather inspire them to evolve, grow and prosper. My efforts are born of those who are more experienced and knowledgable than I. I hope you find that path! See the bibliography I provide for an initial list of experts, professionals and masters of the subjects.

Hicks Law

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)


In short: “Hick’s law was initially proposed in 1952 and states that the reaction time is increasing in the number of alternative reactions-stimuli.   In other words when somebody is faced with making a decision, the greater the number of potential choices-decisions the longer it will take for him to make a choice. According to Hick’s law the reaction time is the time interval between the presentation of the stimulus and the beginning of the response to it. The main factor that affects the response time is the number of possible stimuli that are presented (each one has its own response).” - see references above

Here is my response, “Boyd’s OODA Loop!” The reason I give that as my answer is because the OODA is about first, observing, then, orienting, followed by, decision (here is where hicks law is validated) and finally, “ACTION.” The action is not included because the time it takes to leave decision to action is where I perceive Hicks Law works. Ever hear the old adage, “Keep it simple …?” 

Hicks law is just a way to scientifically, somewhat, explain how and why in the decision process one must have the answer as derived from their training and practice. I would add in that in practice it doesn’t really matter the quantity of what you have to use but rather the quality as to how that decision and action is trained and practiced. 

The concept of the OODA is so awesome in my book it explains the entire process and to achieve success and reach what milestones appear on your path is how fast you get through the loop especially without getting caught up in what some term as, “The OO Bounce.” 

This is why experts and professionals stay away from technique-based teachings and focus using such techniques in teaching principles, methodologies and force applications at appropriate levels accordingly. When you observe, no pun intended - mostly ;-), the training regimen along with all the test and qualification requirements of martial arts and karate you begin to see how one can flood the mind, convolute the brain and trigger the OO bounce where the person caught up in “Thinking” of which would be appropriate will get caught in the bounce, also called, “The Freeze,” so they can’t act at the end of the loop. 

Take a look at the OODA in the provided graphic but understand that even this awesome explanation does not do justice to the entire process that Col. Boyd, USAF (deceased retired) created long ago and used in almost all conflict and violence professions. 

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